ECOS, an environmental NGO with expertise in ecodesign and standardisation, is pleased to see the European Commission’s commitment to placing ecodesign principles at the heart of the EU’s sustainable product policy. The list of Key Product Value Chains, outlined in the Circular Economy Action Plan released today, correctly prioritises the high environmental impact sectors where specific actions are needed. Only with ambitious laws and targets, however, can these sectors truly become more circular.
If Europe is serious about becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050, circular economy needs to be at the forefront of the European Green Deal. For this, Europe must implement an ecodesign approach for sectors with the highest environmental impact, stressed ECOS, the environmental NGO expert in ecodesign and product policy.
Newly adopted EU laws will make several products easier to repair and more energy efficient, saving people money as well as reducing pollution, NGOs in the Coolproducts campaign said.
During a high level event held today, the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA) signed a voluntary declaration to support the supply and demand of recycled plastic on the European market. ECOS, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) ultimately decided not to sign the declaration, given the regrettable lack of ambition, transparency and NGO involvement in the drafting of the declaration - however they did acknowledge the need to ramp up the collection and recycling of plastics in general.
The NGOs call on the European Food Safety Authority, the European Commission and experts from national governments to adopt a precautionary approach in the upcoming discussion about the toxicity of E171, the food additive version of titanium dioxide.